Most soups with texture and consistency are filling and robust. And this savory but slightly spicy Pumpkin Chorizo Soup is no exception.
This warming but satisfying Pumpkin Chorizo Soup is inspired by the Mexican soup- “Sopa de Calabaza.”
Using canned pumpkin puree greatly reduces your cooking time and effectively turns this dish into a 30-minute meal.
What Is Chorizo
Chorizo is a popular ingredient in many Hispanic cuisines. Unlike the chorizo from Spain (already cooked and is salami style) Mexican chorizo has to be cooked.
Cooking Mexican Chorizo
Mexican chorizo is cooked without the casing and finely crumbled.
Mexican chorizo features three common ingredients: pork, smoked paprika and garlic. The pork is coarsely chopped and mixed with pork fat and seasonings.
Chorizo is used to make tacos or tortas, and it’s often served with eggs for breakfast.
Pumpkin Chorizo Soup
1/2 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cups chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can corn
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the chorizo by gently breaking it apart in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, about 7-10 minutes. Remove chorizo.
Add the oil and onion (alternatively, leave a tablespoon of chorizo fat and omit oil) saute until tender, about 4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cumin and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
Add the chorizo, broth, pumpkin puree, drained black beans, drained corn, diced tomatoes, and oregano, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Add garnishes if desired.
Sour cream, cheese, pumpkin seeds and tortilla chips are all great topping for this soup.
If the soup is too thick (stew like consistency) add up to one more cup of chicken broth.
Try these other hearty and deliciously yummy soups made with pumpkin or chorizo.
- Creamy Pumpkin Soup With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Croutons
- Red Kale Cannellini Beans and Chorizo Soup
- Spicy Chorizo and Bean Soup
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